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This Handbook answers a long-standing need for an up-to-date, comprehensive, international, in-depth critical survey of the history, trajectory, data, results and key figures involved in sociolinguistics. The result is a work of unprecedented coverage and insight. It is all here, from the foundational contributions to the field to the impact of new media, new technologies of communication, globalization, trans-border fluidities and agendas of research.

Language Policy and Planning
Language policy and planning
32.1 Introduction

The notion of ‘language policy’ is vast. It includes any form of intervention (and indeed non-intervention — i.e. laissez-faire) by a political authority to direct and regulate the use, by the administration and/or the population, of one or more languages in a given political area. ...

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